Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chutzpah, or?

I must say, Boehner either has a remarkable amount of chutzpah or something else, maybe just no shame, ignorance, orders from headquarters, or perhaps just plain perversity. How else could he stand in front of us and claim that President Obama’s jobs bill is inadequate, a pale imitation of what is needed, while at the same time telling us that the solution to the jobs crisis is less regulation and fewer taxes? It was a pathetic performance that was nothing but just mouthing the same old Republican nonsense they have been spouting for years, promoting precisely the same useless plan that got us into our terrible situation in the first place. I don’t like to think it is just plain stupidity as I don’t believe Boehner himself could possibly believe it, but whatever it is, he said it and appeared to be both sincere and serious. I don’t want to be unkind but perhaps all those hours in the hot sun on the golf course or under the tanning machine have singed his brain to the point where he is no longer completely connected to reality. It was an incredible performance, both insulting and a complete waste of time. We already knew what the Republican plan was as they have promoted the same ideas since time immemorial, fewer taxes, smaller government, less regulation. Sometimes I hear it in my nightmares. It adds absolutely nothing towards a sensible solution to our jobs problem or the national debt, nothing, nada, zilch, zero. Obama’s plan may not be perfect, and it no doubt is less than needed, but it is a plan on the right track, 447 billion is not exactly chicken feed, and for Boehner and his Republican nitwits to counter with the same old, same old, is even below pathetic. You have to give Boehner credit for even having the gall to suggest it, I guess he is immune to embarrassment, shame, or making a complete fool of himself. “They” must be paying him very well indeed. He probably had no choice as he has to support the two major goals of the Republicans, bringing down Obama and defending corporate interests (the two actually go together).

There is a controversial new book about to appear about Sarah Palin that will no doubt give the media days of virtually endless blather about it. Those that adore her will think it’s just a “hatchet job,” and those who hate her will probably believe it all whatever it is. I should think that anyone with even half a brain would by now already know she is an absolute “phony baloney” in it for the money and the attention, shrewd enough to keep it going but dumb enough not to know when to stop. Will she be dumb enough to actually try to enter the race? Who knows? If she does I’d venture to guess that after 14 months of listening to her screeching fishwife’s voice she’ll be lucky to get a single male vote. Go for it Sarah, we need all the laughs we can get these days.

Appropos of nothing, and with apologies to Bill Maher, I have a new rule to suggest. From now on every advertisement for a drug has to begin with the possible side effects first and the potential benefits as an afterthought. This would probably wreak such havoc with their sales they would soon stop advertising altogether. Hurrah!

If President Obama would refuse to veto the Palestinian request for statehood at the U.N. he would make it crystal clear that the U.S. and the rest of the world are sick to death of Israeli foot dragging and looting. Our excuse for the veto is that if the Palestinians succeed it will complicate or make impossible a peace agreement. Israelis, too, argue that peace can only come through face-to-face negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In my opinion this is utter nonsense and just another way of making any settlement impossible. The Israelis have made it clear they do not want a Palestinian state and they have never negotiated in good faith over the issue. They refuse to even stop building more and more illegal settlements on Palestinian land in order to make negotiations possible. They will never negotiate a viable peace agreement with the Palestinians unless they are absolutely forced to do so. If the U.S. would do the right thing and refuse to veto the Palestinian request it might very well finally force Israel to do the right thing. As the U.S. has made it clear we are not a non-partisan participant in this endless dispute it would be better for all concerned if we would just butt out, refuse to veto, and then give the Palestinians a fair chance for once. As it is the veto will just continue the status quo, no negotiations will succeed, Israel will continue its colonial expansion and quasi-genocide, and the Palestinians will continue to suffer their terrible discrimination. Quite frankly, I am ashamed of our continued participation in this ongoing farce.

marks the path of victory,
and also the shame


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